The Princess and the Goblin

  • by George Macdonald
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality The Princess and the Goblin has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.
Irene lives in a castle on a mountain, under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins. Also, within the hillsides, there is a group of miners digging for precious metals. When the Goblins try to kidnap the Princess and flood the mines, it is up to Curdie, the boy miner, and Irene’s great-great-great grandmother to use their wit and resources to defeat the wicked plan.
‘I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start.... Of all the stories I have read, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.‘
—G.K. Chesterton.

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Great Fantasy with Strong Characters

A great fantasy story with strong positive role models for both girls, boys and frankly adults should study the morals in this book as well.

The Princess is heroic and the Miner Boy is just as strong.
The story involves themes of trust, self sacrifice and respect for others based in their actions not their status.

If you like Narnia, The Hobbit or other fantasy stories you'll love this.

A wonderful tale that should be far more famous.
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- Riverwood

A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages

I don't normally read "chldren's literature, and was drawn to George MacDonald only because C.S. Lewis and Tolkien had expressed admiration for him. Now I see why: his rich, often offbeat, Celtic imagination, his charming story full of mythic symbols, the sense of invisible worlds being very real, but only to those who are open to them, and the lessons learned by the characters, all make this a truly exceptional tale. In my opinion, it's far superior to Harry Potter, for example. partly because of its profound moral and mythic insight. The characters in this story learn lessons in a way that is not at all didactic, and certainly not "Victorian." A total delight for (to borrow a phrase from Harold Bloom) intelligent children of all ages.
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- Joseph "A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2011
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories